GSA Technology Council

Connect South Carolina Names Jim Stritzinger Director

Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy appointed Jim Stritzinger executive director of Connect South Carolina. cesm_Logo RGBStritzinger assumed his role on July 1. He will lead Connect South Carolina as it continues its work connecting communities to broadband and technology.

“The synergies between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy were obvious to me when we began our partnership about 18 months ago,” said Stritzinger. “Since I’ve been a member of South Carolina’s Broadband Advisory Council over that time, my transition to Connect South Carolina is a natural and exciting evolution. I am honored to join the Connected Nation team, and I look forward to traveling around the state and shaping programs that will hopefully turn into best practices nationally.”

“Our recent partnership announcement between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy shows our commitment to helping more communities get connected and helping more workers increase their skills through technology expansion in South Carolina,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “Jim is a great fit for the organization. The future is bright for the Connect South Carolina program.”

downloadBefore joining Connect South Carolina, Stritzinger served as the director of the Grow IT initiative at IT-oLogy, where he worked with organizations that leverage information technology talent either to directly develop technology products and services or indirectly support the needs of business operations.

Stritzinger is an electrical engineer, software developer and entrepreneur. He is a fellow with the Liberty Fellowship.

Stritzinger replaces Heather Jones, who left Connect South Carolina in April to become executive director of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance.

A subsidiary of nonprofit Connected Nation, Connect South Carolina works to increase broadband access, adoption and use to ensure South Carolina’s competitiveness in the connected global economy.

Connect South Carolina is a public-private partnership that works with the state’s broadband providers to make detailed maps of coverage and to assess the current state of broadband adoption, community by community, across South Carolina.

IT-oLogy is a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations that aims to develop the IT talent pipeline and advance the IT profession.

via IT-oLogy

SCRA Technology Ventures Presents Checks to KIYATEC and CampusConnectr

scra_logoSCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program presented two big checks to Upstate companies KIYATEC and CampusConnectr at a networking event held at the Clemson University ICAR campus last night. The ceremony honored the companies and commemorated the investments, originally announced in November.

CampusConnectr addresses student engagement and retention, and was designed “by students for students.” Through two systems, the company allows university students to engage with their institution and with each other – providing them with the news feeds, campus information and functional apps that students care about. It is is free to the students and the schools they attend and is a closed program; only available to current students.

KIYATEC specializes in providing advanced, 3D cell-based assays and diagnostics with superior physiologic relevance for more accurate predictions of patient response to drugs. KIYATEC’s Greenville offices and labs are co-located with the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) Clinical Research Unit on the main campus of the Greenville Health System, the 13th largest public hospital system in the United States.

“We were delighted to present CampusConnectr and KIYATEC with big checks last night,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “These two upstate companies are bringing innovative technologies to South Carolina, growing our Knowledge Economy. We look forward to many future partnerships and successes.”

via SCRA

SC Student Selected as Regional Finalist in 2014 Google Science Fair Competition

Keith-CoffmanAfter much deliberation, the Google Science Fair team of judges has selected the regional finalists for the 2014 competition. One of the finalists is Keith Coffman a 17 year old from Greenville, SC.

His project is the Superconducting Levitation and Propulsion Control System, a control system that utilizes the restoring force of superconductors to control propulsion of maglev vehicles in addition to the levitation for which they are already used. Keith’s project has also been selected as a finalist for the Computer Science Award.

Keith’s project was selected from thousands of submissions from more than 120 countries around the world to move on to the next round of judging.

via Google

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The GSATC Presents “Building a Tech Company in SC – What You Really Need to Know” on July 16

How to Find the Money, Tech and Talent You Need

GSATC Learning Lunch Panel
with panelists: Scott Welchel – SBDC, John Warner – Swampfox, Peter Waldschmidt – Gnoso

Moving an idea to a full fledged tech company is hard. Mostly because there are a lot of obstacles. Building the “tech” is a challenge. Finding the right talent can be difficult. Finding the money you need seems impossible.

Unless you’ve done it before, you’re probably asking the wrong questions and working on the wrong things. Would you like to fix that? Join us for the GSATC Learning lunch in July and listen to a panel of experts tell you what you REALLY need to be thinking about as you build a tech business in SC. You won’t want to miss this one.

BONUS: Ever watch Shark Tank? Well, we are not going to do that. Firstly, somebody else owns the copyright to that. Secondly, we’re a little bit nicer than those guys. Still, we invite you to bring a two minute pitch to lunch and let our team ask some questions and tell you what they think!


 Our Panelists

Scott Whelchel

Greenville Area Manager & Business Consultant at SC SBDC
Scott provides SBDC clients with one-on-one consulting to address their needs in launching, growing, managing and financing businesses. In many cases the challenge a client faces is to identify the things they don’t know, learn quickly who can help, and get the resources they need to move forward. Through partnerships with universities, Chambers of Commerce, lenders, professionals, local economic development organizations and others, clients benefit from a wide range of resources.


Fellow at Liberty Fellowship
John has thirty years of diverse experience as an executive, investor, board member, and adviser to companies and not-for-profits from start-ups to New York Stock Exchange firms in a variety of industries.

As a Liberty Fellow, John seeks to promote outstanding leadership and offer South Carolina’s next generation of leaders the opportunity to explore the values that sustain them and to become significant contributors to our state, and to society at large.


Founder and CEO of Gnoso, Inc.
Peter Waldschmidt is the founder and CEO of Gnoso, Inc. a software company in Greenville, SC that provides software quality tools to thousands of software development teams worldwide through its NCover business unit. Currently, Peter is launching a new cloud analytics business at Exponent. Previously, Peter was a co-founder of TetraData Corp., which grew into the market leading data warehousing and analytics software provider for K-12 school districts. Peter is active in the community as the Chair of NEXT, working to grow high-tech businesses in the upstate and he also serves on the boards of several other community organizations and is a Liberty Fellow.


 Moderated by:
Founder and Executive Producer of Tech After Five
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator. He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council. His technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Monthly. He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina. He is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television and has been named among Greenville South Carolina’s fifty most influential people.


11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.


CU-ICAR Receives $2 million Federal Grant For Research Building

cu-icarThe federal government is giving $2 million to the Clemson University Center for Automotive Research for its planned Research One Building that will provide office and lab space for companies to develop technologies in the automotive, mobility and energy fields. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the Economic Development Administration grant Wednesday.

The building architect, LS3P, said in December when preliminary design work was starting that the 75,000-square-foot building has a projected cost of $9 million. The four-story building next to the BMW Information Technology Resource Center includes 22,000 square feet of high-bay research space and areas for Clemson’s Department of Automotive Engineering, classrooms and labs.

Pritzker said she “witnessed firsthand the public-private collaboration to research cutting-edge technologies and provide industry-driven training for students when visiting CU-ICAR’s campus earlier this year. The grant announced today will expand the work conducted at CU-ICAR — a great example of how South Carolina is using innovation to cultivate a workforce with the needed skills to succeed.”
The Economic Development Administration had provided $3 million for the CU-ICAR Center for Emerging Technologies in 2009.

CU-ICAR Executive Director Fred Cartwright has said the Research One Building slated to be completed in 2016 is already needed, as companies are looking to come to the Upstate “and we don’t have any space to put them.”

The building will include 53,000 square feet of office space in the upper three floors and is the sixth and final building in Technology Neighborhood 1 at the Greenville campus.

Cartwright, who had said in December the federal money would be provided, described the grant Wednesday as “terrific news for the growth of CU-ICAR, our automotive engineering program and the state’s auto industry.” He said it puts CU-ICAR a step closer to construction.


Linux Enthusiasts Unite: 2014 SouthEast LinuxFest June 20-22

The 2014 SouthEast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Open Source Software. It is part educational conference and part social gathering.

Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips and ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux and Open Source Software. SELF is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!

Learn more at 2014 SouthEast LinuxFest

DesignThinkers Group Announces Event Dates

DesignThinkers Group has announced its events for the coming months, with the July Design Talk titled “Using Observational Research to Spot Innovation Opportunities.” The Design Talks are short, one hour events and will feature talks on innovation, change, culture, and other vexing problems facing today’s organizations. The Design Talks are free and include lunch. Two upcoming Design Thinking Workshops have also been announced, starting with a three hour Observational Research workshop. See the links below for these upcoming events. All events are held in downtown Greenville at OpenWorks co-working space unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming DesignThinkers Group Talks
Wednesday, July 9 at 3:00pm
Using Observational Research to Spot Innovation Opportunities

Wednesday, August 13 at 12:00pm
Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty

Wednesday, September 10 at 3:00pm
Ideation & Rapid Prototyping – Generating, Testing and Iterating New Ideas

Josh McGee and Glenn Pate Join EDTS

edtsJosh McGee and Glenn Pate have joined IT firm EDTS as engineers. The rapidly growing IT firm, which provides managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure solutions to Southeastern businesses, named McGee as a systems engineer and Pate as a support engineer. They will support client requirements across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprint.

“Josh and Glenn are proven and capable IT professionals with significant experience in serving the sophisticated network security and support needs of middle market and large organizations,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. “Their experience and outstanding service ethic make them excellent additions to the EDTS team.”

Mr. McGee is both a native and current resident of North Augusta, South Carolina, and holds an Associate degree in Computer Technology with emphasis in Networking and Programming from Aiken Technical College. His five years of IT experience includes network security, vulnerability monitoring and assessment, software deployment and user support at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility in Aiken, South Carolina.

With over 30 years of IT networking, security and support experience in multiple industries, Mr. Pate is a native of Passaic, New Jersey and current Augusta resident. Prior to joining EDTS, he served in IT network support and security roles for New Jersey’s TRC Companies and at a regional credit union. He is an honors graduate of DeVry University with an Associate degree in Network Administration.

Both Mr. McGee and Mr. Pate will help ensure that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure for EDTS clients, while helping those organizations increase team productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.

via EDTS

Ruben Hentzschel Joins Worthwhile as Director of Operations

W-NEWWorthwhile, a customer-driven digital strategy firm based in Greenville, S.C., is pleased to announce the hiring of director of operations Ruben Hentzschel.

Ruben-WebHentzschel sets the vision for Worthwhile’s software development and production team as Worthwhile proposes, builds and maintains software and branding solutions for customers. He has worked in the software development field for 18 years, focusing on creating software with an emphasis on customers and usability.

Hentzschel has worked in similar positions at Follett School Solutions, its subsidiary TetraData Business Operations, and Fordebrand, Inc.

via Worthwhile